Keuchel Shines in ALCS Opener

-Nick Pooler

After getting his name called on to start game one of the ALCS over Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel performed in a big way. Keuchel paved the way for the Astros success in game one by going seven innings and striking out ten and only walking one. The Astros got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Carlos Correa singled into left field which scored Jose Altuve. Two batters later, Yuli Gurriel singled to center scoring Correa. Keuchel and the Astros held this 2-0 lead until the bottom of the ninth when Yankees Greg Bird homered off the right field foul pole off of Astros closer Ken Giles. This cut the lead in half, but it ended up not going any further. The Astros used three pitchers; Keuchel (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K), Chris Devenski (0.1 IP, 1 BB) and Giles (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). The Yankees only used two; Masahiro Tanaka (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and Chad Green (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K). Jose Altuve led the way for the Astros with three hits. Greg Bird led the way for the Yankees bats with two hits including a home run. The teams square off Saturday night in Houston. The probable starters are Luis Severino for the Yankees and Justin Verlander for the Astros.